The Equalizer

Series Summary
Robert McCall is a retired secret agent. Having become disillusioned by all the rigamarole that comes with secret agenting, McCall starts to look out for the little guy. Calling himself "The Equalizer," McCall puts ads in the paper marketing to desperate people in desperate situations. McCall usually takes these cases for little or no money (he lives in a posh Manhattan apartment). Acting as both bodyguard and investigator, sometimes using his government resources, McCall usually manages to save the day.

Air Dates: 1985 - Present

Genres: Crime drama

Network: CBS

  • Season 2, Ep. 2 : NocturneOct 15, 1986

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    McCall hires distraught Logan (Michael Parks) to protect a blind woman (Jessica Harper) from a man who attacked her years before.

  • Season 2, Ep. 1 : PreludeOct 8, 1986

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    McCall faces death when he attempts to save a kidnapped journalist being tortured in a Latin American dictatorship.

  • Season 1, Ep. 22 : PretendersApr 8, 1986

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    McCall checks up on a reporter's reclusive neighbor (Tony Musante) and uncovers murder.

  • Season 1, Ep. 21 : Unpunished CrimeApr 1, 1986

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    Creative McCall sets a trap for a corporate president suspected of stealing an inventor's automotive design.

  • Season 1, Ep. 20 : No ConscienceMar 5, 1986

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    McCall retraces the steps of a ladies' man given 36 hours to deliver information from a mystery woman to killers.

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  • The Equalizer...recites the Vigilante Creed with effective fervor. And Mr. Woodward, the always accomplished actor whose more recent credits include "A Christmas Carol" on television and the title role in the Australian film "Breaker Morant," is so good that he makes the entire questionable enterprise seem almost reasonable. Show More

  • The evening's funniest show on CBS, though, is a drama, The Equalizer. [18 Sept 1985, p.6] Show More

  • But I think the biggest reason is that I like its star, the British actor Woodward, who is an older man, 55, a veteran actor of 40 years, and not just another pretty young face on a vacuous head. He gives this show the same touch of class that another British export, Patrick Macnee, used to give The Avengers. [18 Sept 1985, p.3] Show More

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